Texas A&M defeats Mizzou 3-1

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Libero Sarah Meister misses an incoming ball. The Tigers lost 3-1 to Texas A&M as they struggled to maintain their solid first set performance Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014.

By Joyce Peng, KBIA Sports

The Missouri volleyball team lost to Texas A&M 3-1 (25-17, 13-25, 13-25, 16-25) Sunday afternoon at the Hearnes Center. They are now 14-12 overall and 5-6 in SEC.

The Tigers put together a strong outing in the first set. After jostling with the Aggies for the lead, the Tigers pulled ahead after the 11-11 mark. They went on a 6-2 run to lead the Aggies 17-13. Slowly the Tigers built their lead and clinched the set. The Tigers hit .515 with 19 kills.

The reverse happened in the second set. Both teams were battling it out in the beginning of the second set, but Texas A&M slowly stretched and increased its lead to double digits. They tied the match with the second set win.

Texas A&M dominated the third set and jumped ahead early to gain a ten-point lead at the 15-5 mark. The Aggies maintained their solid performance until they won the set. They limited Missouri to a -.086 hitting percentage, and the Tigers committed 10 attack errors. The fourth set was similar to the second set, with Missouri struggling to keep up with Texas A&M in the beginning. The Aggies led as much as 10 as they closed out the match with the fourth set win.

Middle blockers Emily Thater and Whitney Little had nice performances. Thater hit .300 with nine kills, three digs and a block, while Little had six kills on a .250 hitting percentage. Emily Wilson grabbed nine kills on a .250 hitting percentage. The team struggled as a whole, hitting .154 with 24 attack errors.

The Tigers face Tennessee 6 p.m. Friday at Knoxville, Tennessee.

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